The improvements to the SD60 paid off as railroads returned to EMD in larger numbers albeit the manufacturer would not recover its status as top locomotive builder, which was lost to GE following the SD50 debacle. There were several variants of the original including the SD60I (featuring the "Whisper Cab" or Isolated Cab), SD60F (ordered only by Canadian National with a cowl carbody), SD60M (sporting a wide-nose cab), and the SD60MAC (a wide nose cab with AC traction). Among them all Electro-Motive sold more than 1,000 examples before production ended in 1995. Buyers included Conrail, CN, Union Pacific, CSX, Chicago & North Western, Burlington Northern, Kansas City Southern, and Soo Line. The '60 line was also the last to be cataloged as a four-axle Geep. Built from 1985 through 1992 it sold surprisingly well with more than 300 outshopped.
Following this was EMD's SD70 line. It was first introduced in 1992/3 as simply the SD70 featuring 4,000 horsepower using the 710G3B prime mover. The original model sold just a few hundred examples but its many variants during the last 20+ years have been far more successful. One reason for this is, of course, the much improved 710G prime mover. However, new EMD products like the HTCR truck (high-traction, six-axle, radial) that steers itself through curves has also been insturmental in keeping customers returning to the builder. Among Electro-Motive's more successful models from the mid-1990s through 2003 included the SD70M that sold more than 1,500 units and the SD70MAC that saw over 1,000 sales. These designs offered between 4,000 and 4,300 horsepower, which has become the accepted industry standard in recent times.
During the mid-2000s Electro-Motive released the SD70ACe to meet EPA "Tier II" mandates on diesel emissions. To do so the builder employed its 16-710G3C-T2 engine, capable of producing 4,300 horsepower (its DC version is the SD70M-2). The 'ACe remained a respectable competitor to General Electric's Evolution Series for many years in the domestic, U.S. marketplace. However, by 2015, new Electro-Motive owner Caterpillar/Progressive Rail was not able to make its 710 prime mover compliant with the new EPA Tier IV standards that went into effect that year. As a result the SD70ACe, EMD's primary road-switcher model, was shelved. In it place, Progressive Rail released the SD70ACe-T4, which debuted in October of 2015. The manufacturer hopes this new, emissions-compliant model will provide GE with significant competition in the coming years.
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